Boise & Garden City

Ada County Highway District moving forward on Cole Road project in Boise

Eighty-three people attended an open house Wednesday on Ada County Highway District's proposed improvement of Cole Road between I-84 and Franklin Road, spokeswoman Nicole DuBois said.

Thirty-five left written comments, mostly in favor of the project, DuBois said. That's in keeping with broad public support for the project over the past several years.

The project, approved by ACHD commissioners in January 2013, would add bike lanes to Cole Road, widen the Cole-Franklin intersection and add traffic medians between Gratz and Thunderbolt drives. Some houses will be removed to accommodate the widening.

The medians are designed to decrease potential conflicts between cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018. The highway district hopes to wrap up the project by fall of that year. Check ACHD for more details.